Here is the prompt: Using at least three separate readings assigned in class so far, argue how and why gender is constructed, considering the relationships of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, cultural context, physical ability/appearance, and power to constructions of gender.
1. Very closely read the paper instructions so you get a clear idea of expectations and requirements
2. Review the readings and lecture notes that explain what it means to understand gender as socially constructed.
3. Choose three readings that you liked that we’ve read so far that you think demonstrate how gender is socially constructed or how gender norms are different for different people with different identities in different contexts. For example, you might select Martin Espada, Jill Nelson, and Helen Zia, whose experiences of gender are very different for different reasons.
4. Once you have a good idea about what it means to understand gender as socially constructed and you’ve selected the three authors you want to analyze in your paper to support your ideas about how gender is socially constructed, start outlining how you might organize your paper, with your introductory paragraph explaining what the concept of gender as socially constructed means and why it’s important, and introducing the evidence you will analyze in your paper. For example, you might spend the first three or four sentences explaining the social construction of gender relatively generally (e.g., explaining how gender norms and gendered experiences differ depending on cultural contexts, race, class, etc.), then finish with a sentence somewhere along the lines of “As Helen Zia, Jill Nelson, and Martin Espada demonstrate, gender is experienced very differently depending upon multiple factors such as…”
5. Your next 3 paragraphs might each focus on one of the readings with connections to others (see assignment description). Paragraphs should be fairly long and well developed, around a page long.
6. Finish with a conclusion (see assignment guidelines).
7. Add a works cited page at the end